US ambassador shaves moustache underneath Seoul’s summer season warmth

Seoul, July 28

The US ambassador to South Korea has shaved his mildly controversial moustache, saying it was too uncomfortable to maintain whereas carrying a coronavirus masks throughout South Korea’s notoriously sizzling summer season.

Harry Harris’ facial hair had drawn criticism from the media and a small variety of on-line commentators, who in contrast his moustache to these worn by colonial Japanese governors throughout the nation’s brutal rule of the Korean Peninsula from 1910 to 1945.

Harris, a retired Navy admiral who turned ambassador in July 2018, acknowledged in January that his moustache had grow to be “a point of some fascination here.” He additionally stated he was being criticised for his ethnic background as a Japanese-American.

“Glad I did this,” Harris tweeted Saturday after his visit to a barbershop in Seoul, South Korea’s capital. “For me it was either keep the ‘stache or lose the mask. Summer in Seoul is way too hot & humid for both. #COVID guidelines matter & I’m a masked man!”  His embassy tweeted a video that confirmed Harris bumping elbows with a masked barber and gesturing for a shave. He playfully rolled his eyes as he lay again on a leather-based chair because the barber shaved his moustache and trimmed his eyebrows.

“Wow, I haven’t seen this face in years!” Harris exclaimed after washing his face and making use of lotion.

In an interview final yr with The Korea Times, an English-language day by day, Harris stated he would maintain his moustache until somebody convinces him that it’s “viewed in a way that hurts” the connection between Washington and Seoul.

The newspaper stated Harris’ moustache “has become associated with the latest US image of being disrespectful and even coercive toward Korea”. 

Relations between South Korea and Japan sank to their lowest level in many years final yr as they feuded over commerce points, wartime historical past and army cooperation.

South Korea’s personal alliance with the United States has additionally grow to be shaky underneath the administration of President Donald Trump, who has overtly complained concerning the prices of sustaining the 28,500 US troops stationed in South Korea to guard towards North Korean threats. The allies have didn’t signal a brand new cost-sharing settlement after the final one expired on the finish of 2019. –AP 

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